Cain Velasquez is unlike any other fighter who's ever been in the Heavyweight division. In his prime, there was no Heavyweight on the planet more feared than him. Heavyweight fighters are known for their raw power and relatively lesser stamina, but Velasquez was an exception to this rule.
As Joe Rogan puts it, Velasquez punches like a heavyweight and has the cardio and output of a Lightweight. Training in AKA, it's no surprise that Velasquez has reached the heights that he has. After all, some of his training partners included Daniel Cormier, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Luke Rockhold - fighters with an incredible pedigree and UFC gold to their name.
Velasquez suffered defeats in the UFC as well, but even then, he managed to make successful returns. Unfortunately, 2016-2018 was bad for the former Heavyweight champion, as he constantly suffered injuries that sidelined him. He was cleared in June 2018 but rightfully played it safe when in returning.
While there might be a question mark in many people's minds as to what Velasquez's true potential is, we take a look at five undeniably dominant performances from the former Heavyweight Champion.
#5 Cain Velasquez vs Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva - UFC 146
Cain Velasquez had a lot to prove in UFC 146. He had lost the Heavyweight Championship to Junior Dos Santos in his first title defence, and he needed a big win to return to the title picture.
UFC 146 featured an all-heavyweight main card, the first time in history. If anyone doubted Cain, they would immediately stop after this fight, as he put away Bigfoot Silva in the very first round at the 3-minute mark.
He would face Bigfoot Silva again one day shy of a year later, this time to defend his Heavyweight Championship. He would end up putting Silva away in less than one and a half minutes of the first round in the second attempt.